Evaluation of Army Battle Dress Uniform Fabric Containing an Electrically Conductive Network

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Title: Evaluation of Army Battle Dress Uniform Fabric Containing an Electrically Conductive Network
Author: Charette, Christine DiSanto
Advisors: Dr. Timothy Clapp, Committee Member
Dr. Trevor Little, Committee Member
Dr. Abdel-Fattah Seyam, Committee Chair
Abstract: Technology is being developed to add a conductive network to the Army Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). To embed the network within the BDU fabric, electronically conductive yarns are located at every ripstop location. To optimize conductivity, fabric construction had to be modified from MIL DTL 44436 requirements. The primary objective of this research was to determine how the addition of the electrically conductive network would change the comfort and durability properties of the BDU. To accomplish this, eleven fabrics of varying fabric constructions with and with and without the network were woven at the College of Textiles, NC State University. These fabrics were then evaluated for any changes in performance in the properties of breaking force and elongation, tearing strength, stiffness, thermal resistance, air permeability and abrasion resistance. The results from each of these tests were statistically analyzing using SAS JMP® software to reveal any property changes as a result of the fabric changes of yarn type, float length and location that were necessary to allow the addition of the network.
Date: 2010-08-07
Degree: MS
Discipline: Textiles
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/6307


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